Aortic Stenosis (AS)
Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart. The heart then needs to squeeze (contract) harder to pump blood into the aorta.
Causes of Aortic Stenosis
Aortic stenosis may be related to 1 aging and 2) A congenital condition is a condition that is present from birth 3) rarely may a specific childhood infection (Rheumatic Fever) Symptoms of aortic stenosis Mild narrowing may not cause symptoms.
More severe narrowing can cause symptoms such as chest pain, the difficulty of breathing and fainting and may lead to heart failure.
How to diagnose Aortic Stenosis
An echocardiogram can be used for diagnosing aortic stenosis.
Treatment of Aortic Stenosis
If narrowing is severe and there are symptoms, valve replacement may be performed in the hospital. If valve replacement is not needed, follow up is important with heart ultrasound (Echocardiogram).